Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, Mack Stiles, and David Platt share the purpose of CROSS and what they hope to see God accomplish through this conference.
David Platt is the president of the International Mission Board (IMB). He studied at the University of Georgia (BA, Journalism) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Th.M., Ph.D.). Before leading the IMB, David pastored the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He is author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America. He married his wife, Heather in 1999 and they are parents of three children.
Christ Our Great Reward
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is the author of more than fifty books, and more than thirty years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren.
The Role of the Holy Spirit in World Evangelization
Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (East Lansing, Michigan) and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, Taking God at His Word, The Biggest Story, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
The Doctrine of Christ and the Call to Global Missions
Mack Stiles has served as the CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger, Speaking of Jesus, and Evangelism. Mack enjoys photography and snow skiing, but most of all loves thinking through how to apply the gospel of grace to issues confronting students in the university world. He is married to Leeann, and they are parents of three sons.
The Lordship of Christ NOW
Thabiti is the church-planting pastor of Anacostia River Church (2015) in southeast Washington D.C. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of Reviving The Black Churchand The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.
Hell is Real. Time is Short. Jesus says, “Go.”
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